ERIC Number: EJ866155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
"This Great Emptiness We Are Feeling": Toward a Decolonization of Schooling in Simunurwa, Colombia
Murillo, Luz A.
Anthropology & Education Quarterly, v40 n4 p421-437 Dec 2009
This article examines the decolonization of schooling in an Arhuaco community in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region of Colombia. Interweaving ethnographic description with accounts of key events that took place between 1915 and 2006, I trace the community's struggle to develop an Indigenous school capable of appropriating Western forms of knowledge while retaining Indigenous practices and beliefs. I describe how Indigenous educators incorporate local forms of knowledge into schooling, and how these are presented and understood relative to the structures and discourses of the colonized school. Using the concepts of "translocality" and "transculturation," I frame this discussion of the struggle for educational autonomy within broader efforts to decolonize knowledge and epistemologies inherited from European traditions and the Colombian state. I argue that educators have transformed the school from a colonizing space to one in which Indigenous people contest and negotiate, via practices of cultural and linguistic revitalization, the state violence that threatens to surround them.
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Foreign Countries, Educational Anthropology, Role of Education, Politics of Education, Educational History, Ethnography, Epistemology, Critical Theory, Educational Principles, Educational Environment, Indigenous Knowledge
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colombia